I know historical *fantasy* is not quite the same as non-fantasy historical books since they often alter the history, but I've found they still make interesting use of the settings and cultures, and it's still different than if the book had been set in today's time.
So, since I don't have any particular times and places that are my favorites, I thought I'd just share with you the historical fantasy books I've read and enjoyed recently. I didn't have a lot to choose from, but I made sure to only include books I gave 3 stars and up :-)
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week my topic is:
Top Ten Historical Fantasy Books I’ve Read
10. Heart of the Kraken by A.W. Exley
I put this book at the top because it’s a steampunk set in a fantasy world about a mermaid and a man who controls the kraken, but it still has a historical vibe what with the steampunk and magic rather than modern technology.
9. Winterspell by Claire Legrand – Review
I also put this book near the top because it’s only minimally set in early 1900s New York. The rest is set in a fantasy world and is a retelling of The Nutcracker, but with magic and faeries (but it definitely has a historical vibe because of the characters and the writing style).
8. The Rest Falls Away by Colleen Gleason – Review
Set in Victorian London, England, this book is about a newly trained vampire hunter deciding between her heart and her duty.
7. Turbulence and Triumph Series by Demelza Carlton
Set around the late 1910s in the Indian Ocean, Ocean’s Justice is about a mermaid who gets picked up by ship crew and falls in love with one of the men. The second book is set in 1920s West Australia, but I can’t tell you what it’s about because that’s a spoiler 😛
6. Drown by Esther Dalseno – Review
This Little Mermaid retelling doesn’t say where and when it’s set, but given the culture and lack of technology, it’s definitely the past.
5. The Paper Magician Series by Charlie N. Holmberg – Review
Also set in Victorian London, albeit a magic-altered one, this series is about a young woman doing her paper magic apprenticeship, having magic-filled adventures, and falling in love with the man she’s doing her apprenticeship under.
4. The Three Sisters by Sonia Halbach – Review
Set in 1854 New York, this is a fun, adventurous, paranormal take on the Night Before Christmas poem with siblings and cousins who get trapped in an underground city.
3. His Master’s Summons by Cassie Sweet – Review
Set in 1897 London, this is a creepy, ominous M-M romance about a violinist who, even when he dies and is brought back to life, still cannot escape the hold of the dark fae who controls him.
2. Bonds of Blood Series by Daniel de Lorne – Review
Set first in 1390 Carcassonne, France, then in 1792 near Neulehn, Saxony, then in modern day Perth, Australia, this dark love story is about twin brother vampires, bound by a supernatural empath-type connection, and the man one of them loves. The second book, set mostly in 1700s Normandy and Salzburg, is about a witch and her unrequited love for an oracle who loves someone else.
1. The Heartless City by Andrea Berthot – Review
Set in 1903, London, England, this book is about the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde drug gone wrong, creating a city of heart-eating monsters, and the two teenagers who save it (one is an empath, and the other has supernatural abilities of her own). This book is AMAZING, and I recommend it so hard.